Saturday, March 21, 2009

Finnish Assimilation Lesson #4

If you want to assimilate yourself into a new culture, one of the first steps you should take involves submerging yourself in the music of the target culture. Even if you don't understand the lyrics, listen. This exercise will give you a cultural reference point and assist you in your task. The desire to fully understand a particular song can give you a subliminal reason to do a little extra language study. You will learn something without even realizing it.

Paratiisin Pojat consists of J. Karjalainen and Veli-Matti Järvinen. They explore the possibilities of Finnish-American folk and blues.

This particular song is Hieno Mies Albertti (Albertti-A Fine Man). The Paratiisin Pojat (Paradise Boys) will be playing at Tanssisali Lutakko in Jyväskylä, next week, Wednesday.25.February. By the way, its a free show.

Singer-songwriter Ville Leinonen performing his version of Oravanlaulu (The Song of the Squirrel). Tuomas Luukkonen-one of Finland's greatest living guitar players is handling the harmonica work in this performance.

The text is from the Aleksis Kivi novel Seven Brothers. Ville will be performing at Baari Vakiopaine in Jyväskylä on the 3rd of April. Tickets go for 5 €.

The music of Leevi and the Leavings is a neccessary part of any attempt at assimilation into the culture of Finland.

Gösta Sundqvist, songwriter and vocalist for the band avoided the public eye, and although Leeving and the Leavings never performed before a live audience, they have earned a place at the top of the Finnish music heap. The song in the video is titled Pohjoisen Taivaan Alla (Under the Northern Sky).

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